The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Theresa May became Prime Minister on 13 July 2016. Theresa served as Home Secretary from May 2010 until July 2016. She was elected Conservative MP for Maidenhead in May 1997.
Theresa had a varied education, spanning both the state and private sectors and attending both grammar school and comprehensive school. She studied geography at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University.
She has been involved in politics at all levels for many years, beginning by stuffing envelopes at her local Conservative association before going on to be a councillor in the London borough of Merton from 1986 to 1994. During her time at Merton, Theresa was Chair of Education from 1988 to 1990 and Deputy Group Leader and Housing Spokesperson from 1992 to 1994.
Sir Jeremy Heywood
Sir Jeremy Heywood was appointed Cabinet Secretary following the announcement of Sir Gus O’Donnell’s retirement in December 2011. From September 2014 Jeremy also took on the title Head of the Civil Service.
Prior to that, Sir Jeremy Heywood was Permanent Secretary to two successive Prime Ministers at 10 Downing Street. He also spent over three years as a Managing Director including as co-head of the UK Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Sir Jeremy Heywood occupied a range of senior civil service roles, including as Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister (1999–2003).
Prior to that, he had a variety of senior roles at HM Treasury including:
- Head of Securities and Markets Policy
- Head of Corporate and Management Change
He also served as Principal Private Secretary to Chancellors Norman Lamont and Kenneth Clarke and had a spell at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. His first job in the civil service was as an Economic Adviser to the Health and Safety Executive.
John Manzoni became Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office in August 2015. He was appointed Chief Executive of the Civil Service in October 2014 and continues in this role also. He joined the Cabinet Office in February 2014 as Chief Executive of the Major Projects Authority.
John was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian oil and gas company Talisman Energy Inc. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the private sector. In his 24 years at BP, he contributed to its global growth and held senior strategic and operational leadership roles at global, regional and local level. Between 2002 and 2007, he was Chief Executive, Refining and Marketing, spanning 6 different businesses across more than 100 countries and he was a member of the BP plc main board from 2003 to 2007.
Alex Chisholm became Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in September 2016. Prior to that he was Joint Permanent Secretary for BEIS.
He is also:
- Trustee and Deputy Chair at the international charity Breadline Africa
Previous career highlights include:
- Permanent Secretary for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
- Chief Executive of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)
- Chairperson and Commissioner of Ireland’s communications regulatory agency, ComReg
- Chair of the Economic Regulators Network in Ireland
- senior executive positions in the media, technology and e-commerce industries, with Pearson plc, Financial Times Group, eCountries Inc and Ecceleration Ltd
Bernadette Kelly CB
Bernadette Kelly became Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport on 18 April 2017.
From September 2015 to April 2017, Bernadette Kelly was Director General, Rail Group in DfT. Prior to that she was a Director General at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) from April 2010.
Bernadette joined the Civil Service after graduating. She has spent most of her career working on public policy in relation to business and the economy. She has led work in government to reform the planning regime for major infrastructure; boost housing supply; establish the Competition and Markets Authority; strengthen utility regulation; reform corporate governance; and on industrial strategy and local growth and devolution.
In addition to DfT and BIS, Bernadette has worked in the Department for Communities and Local Government, HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office and the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit; as well as on secondment to ICI plc.
Bernadette was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 2010.
Melanie Dawes CB
Melanie Dawes took up her role as Permanent Secretary for DCLG on 1 March 2015. She is also gender champion for the Civil Service and sits on the Civil Service Board and Senior Leadership Committee.
Melanie was Director General of the Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat (EDS) at the Cabinet Office from October 2011, responsible for overseeing the system of Cabinet decision-making.
Between 2006 and 2011 she was at HMRC, including as one of the department’s Commissioners. She was Director General for Business Tax from November 2007, which involved responsibility for all the business taxes and duties as well as leadership of the department’s relationships with big business. From 2009, she also led the development of HMRC’s overall strategy as a department.
Before joining HMRC, Melanie spent 15 years at the Treasury, including as Europe Director from 2002 to 2006. She started her career as an economist and has worked on public spending, tax and tax credit policy, macroeconomics, monetary policy and the euro.
Robert Devereux rejoined the Department for Work and Pensions as Permanent Secretary on 1 January 2011, having previously spent 4 years with the Department of Social Security, and 2 years with DWP when it was first created in 2001.
Robert’s career has included time spent in:
the Overseas Development Administration
Guinness Brewing Worldwide, on secondment
the Department for Transport, where he was Permanent Secretary for 3 years from 2003
Nick Dyer is the Permanent Secretary at the Department for International Development. He was appointed in July 2017.
Before taking on the role Nick held a number of positions within DFID including:
- Director General for Policy and Global Programmes (2013 - 2017)
- Director of Policy Division (2009 – 2013)
- Head of DFID Malawi (2006 – 2009)
- Head European Union Department (2002 – 2006)
- Senior Economic Adviser DFID East Africa, Nairobi (1998-2002)
Leslie Evans was appointed as Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government on July 1, 2015. In this role, Leslie is the principal policy adviser to the First Minister and Secretary to the Scottish Cabinet.
She is also the Principal Accountable Officer for the Scottish Government with personal responsibility for the propriety and regularity of Government finance and for economic, efficient and effective use of all related resources.
Leslie is the senior Civil Servant in Scotland and leads more than 5,000 civil servants working for the Scottish Government, supporting development, implementation and communication of government policies, in accordance with the Civil Service Code.
Leslie joined the Scottish Government in September 2000, having spent 20 years working for local authorities in Scotland (City of Edinburgh Council and Stirling Council) and England (London Borough of Greenwich and Sheffield City Council).
Her previous post within the Scottish Government was Director General Learning and Justice. Previous positions include Head of Local Government Constitution & Governance Division, Head of Public Service Reform Group, Head of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and Director of Culture, External Affairs and Tourism.
Married with one son, Leslie was born in Northern Ireland and has lived in Scotland since 1985. She attended High Storrs School in Sheffield and studied Music at the University of Liverpool.
Richard Heaton has been Permanent Secretary for MOJ since August 2015. Before that he was Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office (from August 2012).
Richard started his career as a barrister, and joined the Home Office as a legal adviser in 1991. He then worked in legal teams across government, focussing particularly on criminal law, the constitution, and human rights law.
His recent legal and non-legal posts have been:
- Director of legal services at Department for Constitutional Affairs (now Ministry of Justice)
- Head of law and governance at Department for Work and Pensions
- Director General for pensions and ageing society, Department for Work and Pensions
He was also First Parliamentary Counsel from 2012 to 2015.
In April 2014 Richard became the Civil Service Race Champion.
Tom Scholar joined HM Treasury in 1992, rising to Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1997, serving Gordon Brown for four years until 2001. Following that posting, Scholar served as the British representative on the boards of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, attached to the British Embassy in Washington as Minister for Economic Affairs for six years.
In March 2016 the government announced that Scholar would succeed Sir Nick Macpherson as Permanent Secretary to the Treasury in April 2016.
He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2017 Birthday Honours.
Jonathan became the Permanent Secretary for the Department for Education in May 2016.
His previous roles in government include:
- Director General and Head of the Economic and Domestic Secretariat, Cabinet Office
- Director General of Head Office and Commissioning Services, Ministry of Defence
- Director General for Transforming Justice, Ministry of Justice
- Chief Executive of the Office, Criminal Justice Reform
- Director of Performance and Improvement, National Offender Management Service
- Director, Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit
Before joining the Civil Service in 2001, Jonathan was a local authority Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Education.
Ian Watmore’s career is diverse, spanning private, public, sports, university, church and third sectors. After studying mathematics and management at Trinity College Cambridge, Ian spent 24 years in the private sector culminating as Accenture UK CEO from 2000 to 2004. He then worked for 7 years in the Civil Service, holding three different Permanent Secretary posts under three Prime Ministers, first at the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in No 10, then at the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, and latterly at the Cabinet Office.
He has held several Board positions in sports administration, 13 years supporting TeamGB at the English Institute of Sport, 5 years at the Rugby World Cup, 1 year at the Football Association, and 3 years at Quantum Sports, an agency which manages his son’s career as a Premiership and England footballer. He now supports his wife in her role as a Church of England rector and is himself a Church Commissioner.
He is an independent member of Cambridge University’s Information Services Committee, has an Honorary Degree from the University of Westminster, and regularly lectures at Cranfield University to cohorts of senior Civil Servants on project and programme management. He chairs the Migraine Trust charity and successfully project managed the creation of a community sports hall in south Manchester. He is completing a three year role on the Board of the Information Commissioner’s Office at the end of September.
Elizabeth Gardiner took up the post of First Parliamentary Counsel and Permanent Secretary of the Government in Parliament Group in the Cabinet Office on 24 November 2015.
Elizabeth qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and then in England and Wales. She joined the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel as an Assistant Parliamentary Counsel in 1991, and has spent over 20 years as a legislative drafter working on a full range of legislative projects. This included working on consolidation and law reform projects at the Law Commission and leading the team drafting tax legislation.
Stephen became Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in April 2016.
Prior to MOD he was Permanent Secretary for Department of Energy & Climate Change.
Stephen spent 9 years at the Shareholder Executive and was appointed Chief Executive in June 2007. Before that he spent 10 years at Deutsche Bank, where he was the head of the European media team working on a wide range of capital raisings, acquisitions and divestments in all the sub-sectors of the media industry. Before the City, Stephen spent 5 years as a strategic consultant.
Stephen also sat on the board of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and is a trustee of the Charities Aid Foundation.
Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution, will introduce this session on Improved Outcomes and, drawing on his own experience, will share his views on how he believes civil servants can improve outcomes and build trust in public services.
Sir Simon McDonald
Sir Simon McDonald is the Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Before taking up the role of PUS, Sir Simon served as the British Ambassador to Berlin from 2010 to 2015, the Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Adviser and Head of Foreign and Defence Policy in the Cabinet Office from 2007 to 2010. From 2003 to 2006 he was British Ambassador to Israel.
He was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in 2014.
Rupert McNeil was appointed Chief People Officer at the Cabinet Office in January 2016.
Rupert joined the Civil Service from Lloyds Banking Group, where he was the Group HR Director. He began his career at the Confederation of British Industry before becoming a partner in Deloitte and Arthur Anderson. Since then he has worked for Barclays Bank plc, first as Executive Management Director and then as the HR Director for Global, Retail and Commercial Banking, and at Aviva where he was HR Director and then HR Centre of Expertise Director.
Rupert attended secondary school in Aberdeen, and graduated in Politics and Philosophy from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. During his undergraduate degree he spent a semester as an intern at the US Senate. He attended Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2010.
Clare Moriarty has been Permanent Secretary for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since August 2015.
Her previous roles include
- Director General, Rail Executive in the Department for Transport
- Director General, Corporate Group, Department for Transport
- Constitution Director, Ministry of Justice
- Head, NHS Foundation Trust Unit, Department of Health
- Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Health
- secondments to the NHS and the UCL School of Public Policy.
Clare has a long-standing interest in leadership, change and diversity. She is a member of the Westminster Abbey Institute Council of Reference and the Advisory Council of the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy.
Shan Morgan represented the UK on the Committee of the Deputy Representatives of the Member States (Coreper I) in the Council from 2012 to 2016.
Sue was appointed Permanent Secretary for Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 4 September 2013 and joined the department on 1 October 2013. In July 2014 Sue became the Civil Service LGB&T Champion.
Career highlights include:
Director General of Strategy, Department for Work and Pensions, 2011-2013
Director General, Welfare and Wellbeing, Department for Work and Pensions, 2009-2011
Director General for Corporate Performance, Department for International Development, 2006-2009
Director, EMU Policy, Euro Preparations and Debt Management, HM Treasury, 2002-2005
Counsellor Economic, British Embassy Washington, 1999-2002
Adviser on family policy, Number 10 Policy Unit, 1998-99
Assistant secretary EU Coordination & Strategy, HM Treasury, 1995-1998
Economic adviser posts at HM Treasury (macro forecast, labour market, Germany), 1989-1995
Research fellow then lecturer in economics, University College Cardiff, 1978-88
Duncan has been the Chief Executive of Public Health England since its formation in 2013.
Until 2012, he was Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, the regional teaching hospital for the south east of England. From 2003 to 2007, he was Director General of Programmes and Performance for the NHS and the first Director General of NHS Commissioning. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of South East London Strategic Health Authority and before that Chief Executive of the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.
Jon was appointed Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in April 2016 after more than three years as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence.
As Chief Executive, Jon is responsible for delivering the department’s strategy, including HMRC’s ambitious transformation programme, business objectives and customer service improvements.
Jon is HMRC’s Accounting Officer, accountable to Parliament for the department’s expenditure and performance.
He is also a Commissioner of Revenue and Customs, and a member of the HMRC Board.
A member of the Civil Service Board, Jon leads HMRC’s relationships with other government departments.
Jon is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA).
He is married to Dawn, they have three sons and live in Cambridgeshire.
Andrew Rhodes was appointed Director General, Operations at the Department for Work and Pensions in March 2016.
Andrew is also a non-executive for the Royal Air Force Air Command.
Christian Turner CMG was appointed Deputy National Security Adviser in April 2017.
He previously served as the Director General for the Middle East and Africa, leading the UK organisation of the London Syria Conference in February 2016. From 2012 to 2015 he was British High Commissioner to Kenya; and from 2009 to 2012 he was FCO’s Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
Between 1997 and 2008 he held various positions in the Foreign Office, the Cabinet Office and 10 Downing Street, including as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, as Secretary to the Economic & Domestic Committees of Cabinet, and as First Secretary in the British Embassy in Washington from 2002-2006.
Before joining government he made television documentaries, following completion of his PhD.
He is married with 2 children.